Since I wrote a blog post on Mother's Day, I thought I should also do something for Father's Day.
I am writing this blog post to honor my dad for Father's Day, 2014. I hope you find a way to honor your dad this year, too.
I've never been great about sending cards, but I'm told I'm pretty good at this blogging thing. So, this year for Father's Day, I write this letter to you so that you will know how I feel.
First, I love you. I know we don't say it often enough. It seems odd and awkward to say it out loud to each other; I don't know why it's awkward when we both feel that way in our hearts.
Second, I want to thank you for being the best dad you could be.
We never went without; we always had food on the table, a roof over our heads, clean clothes to wear, and even though I know you likely had times that you worried about it, you never projected that worry to us.
We had plenty of extras, too, just because of the job you had. Being an "airline brat" had it's advantages.
I don't know too many people that were as well traveled as I by the age of 21 years. I have many fond memories of Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Paw-Paw, Oahu, Maui, Pearl Harbor, Mt. Rainier, and Disney World, just to name a handful.
I would have liked more air conditioning on some occasions, but I understand why that couldn't be. Especially if we wanted to eat!
Third, I want to thank you for your advice over the years. There are two specific nuggets you gave me that I've always kept close to my heart.
What you do when you don't have to, will make all the difference when you can no longer do anything about it.
Which means, work hard now, give it your best effort while you still can, because eventually, you run out of time to make it happen, or fix it. This piece of advice helped me be a good student and a fiercely determined individual.
When I asked, "How do you know when someone is the right one to marry?" you replied, "Look at the person you are with right now, exactly as that person is today. If you can live with that for the rest of your life, then marry him."
This is the reason I didn't marry that first guy I was engaged to.
Fourth, I want to thank you for being the example and setting my standards so high for the one who deserved to marry me.
The man that I would marry had to....
....treat me like his bride every day - not just on our wedding day.
....be true to his word, and have an honorable character.
....be a hard-working, earn-your-way kind of man.
....be honest and true.
....be the voice of reason and my emotional rock, because I'm the crier in the family.
Sometimes the similarities I see between you and my guy are amazing; sometimes, the similarities are scary.
Last, I want to thank you for helping to shape me into the woman I am today.
We may not always agree, and we may not have always gotten along too well, but that's because you taught me strength of character, stubbornness, standing strong in my beliefs - even when they're different from other people's, independence, self-reliance and a host of other survival skills. (Like shooting; and I am a darn good shot, too!)
Most of all, from your life experiences, you taught me to live with no, or few regrets. That was one of the greatest gifts you could have given me.
Instead of feeling that I had to live my life a certain way, I chose to pursue my dream of becoming a firefighter/paramedic, even though you hated the idea.
I saved some people's lives, I saw things I wish I hadn't, and I made decisions about people's lives that changed me as a person. Evenso, I have no regrets. I did what I'd always wanted to do.
By your example, I live my life with decency and honesty, without worrying about what anyone else thinks, and I thank you for all of what you gave me. I would not be who I am today without you.
I love you, Dad. Happy Father's Day.
From your daughter with love,
Ephesians 6:1-4 (ESV) Children and Parents
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
What will you do this year to celebrate Father's Day? Will you celebrate with your dad, your husband, a grandfather?
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